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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

Tonight's The Night!

I gotta feeling
That tonight's gonna be a good night

That tonight's gonna be a GOOD night


That tonight's gonna be a good good niii-ii-iight.


That's right, my friends, and now here's everyone's favorite Black-Eyed Pea to continue serenading us!

Tonight's the night!

Let's wreck it up!
I got my BuBBlY:

Let's throw it up!

Go out and SMASH it

Like, good and trod!

Put on this tree hat:

I'll call you Todd!

Fill up my cup!


Look at her dancing:

Woo! Take it off!


Er, I think I'm going to stop you there, Mr. Pea, thank you.

And for the rest of you, let me just say:

With extra sprinkles on top.

Stay safe tonight, everyone, and have a wonderful New Year's Eve!


Thanks to Jenn K., Kristen M., Cielo C., Chioke H., Antonia S., Lea E., Anony M., Kati B., Caylin C., & Michelle S. for playing us out of 2012 in style.



Oh, and this one's for all the early-bird grandparents out there:

"Well, it's 9:05. HAPPY NEW YEAR!"

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Reader Comments (53)

I love your song posts.

It has indeed been a good year in purple -- but please don't call me Todd.

Happy New Year, Fellow Wreckies! You too, OCGOMHSARS* and john (thoJ)!


December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Ugh, some of those cakes look like things i'd see after too many white russians DX

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

If the store needs money so badly that they're charging 50 cents for ruined cupcakes--instead of discreetly getting rid of them, which any manager in his right mind would have told them to do--surely some good-natured employee (or baker?) could simply buy them and spare the store the embarrassment of offering them to the public (and risk losing even more business). Sheesh, you'd think those would have been put in the break room for the employees if someone couldn't bear to throw them away.

Something about charging 50 cents for trodden cupcakes is so annoying... it's just too early in the morning for that kind of shenannigans. . . . . where's the coffee?

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn

Well, technically according to that clock it's 9:07 1/2...guess it's one of those newfangled clocks with only 8 hours instead of 12.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterimarx

Hug me, black-eyed pea!
Tonight's the night to splay out.
Spindley arms embrace.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Hahahahaha, Drunk Barbie made an appearance again!

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

We intend to enjoy our bubbly tonight.
We do not intend to throw it up.
Just, you know, saying.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Purple has always been the best year!

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoseAnn

The 'your nose is on wrong' elephant almost got me,but Barbie won.....this time......

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Former CB

Those bottles look 'pagne-ful.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNyperold

I'm not gonna lie. I REALLY like "Champagne from a good year." Tastes so much better than paltry champagnes with only one year on them. Why not enjoy all the good years together?

Happy Merry New Year's Night Before everyone!

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScaperMama

So, that black eyed pea cookie is cute, I like that one.

As for the others, I want to know where all these decoraters are finding two liter bottles of champagne, I think that's a product who's time has really come.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth C.

Well, at least Barbie hasn't lost her underwear.


December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlice Shortcake

There are lots of West coast folks that watch TV for the ball drop in Time's Square, at 9:00 our time, and then go to bed. Plenty others tell their kids that the 9:00 ball drop is midnight and send them to bed. Not that any of that justifies the 9:07 watch, but. . . .
Happy New Year and thanks for so many years of joy and laughter. We never get tired of Cake Wrecks!!!

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDianeB

I am so definitely a grandparent. Thanks for the cake!

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Is it wrong that I wnat the wasted Barbie cake?

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

At least the "Great Year In Purple" actually used purple frosting and sprinkles. Could it be.... are they learning just a bit? Nah. Here's to a great 2013 in Red and Yellow with Flowers!

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeneric

That 9:05 cake is for the kids. "Woohoo! You stayed up for the New Year! Now it's bedtime..." I know people who've followed this same premise, except they change the hands on the clock so midnight hits around 9pm. Then the adult party begins.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristiane

I'm guessing Matel has not yet released "Drunken New Year's Eve" Barbie. I think that's probably wise. Though "Hungover" Barbie might be a good companion with accompanying cautionary tale booklet. Something to dream about in 2013. Until then, MAVEL TOV!!

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie S.

Aww I think the black-eyed pea cake is cute! I don't think it's a wreck! but that drunk Barbie made me LOL.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMB123

For the record, when the kids were little, we used to celebrate the New Year at 9:00. Here in California, we called it "New York New Year," and our kids were young enough they didn't realize it wasn't midnight here. Count down. Blow a noise maker. Have a toast with apple cider, and then send the kids off to bed. Now that they're older, we can't fool them like we used to... Back then, the 9:05 cake would have been perfect.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSled Hockey Mom

Didn't "Partied too hard Barbie" make an appearance about this time last year, too?

You'd think she'd learn...

But, of course, with flatulent cucumbers, leech-infested elephant trunks, and exploding CCC's (patooie) all around her, I guess she couldn't help herself.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBadKarma

It appears that your BubBlY has been sitting around for a couple of years. You might want to pour it on salad instead of drinking it! Unless, of course, 2011 was a great year...

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah B

The black-eyed pea was pretty cute! The others...not so much...

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

....possibly 12:45. OR, maybe the hour hand fell off entirely, and one of the hands is the second hand. OH GOD WHAT TIME IS IT.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

Love the shout out to Shep!

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEq4bits

I'm pretty sure, that it says MAVE 2 TOV. And i'm pretty sure that it's a whole different holiday. One that is celebrated at 9:07 one year. It's a short holiday, so i'm pretty sure i know why it gets less fanfare.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

That is an awesome way to close out the year :-) I wanna make the drunk Barbie cake now...

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershellyberry

Just what the world needs.......... a cautionary drunk as a skunk Barbie cake!


December 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercrownring

Mr. Pea? uh-uh-uh!

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Awww, happy new years' guys! :D

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

That poor elephant must have gotten attacked by the smashed cupcakes that are now on sale for 50 cents. Sheesh. How cheap can a manger get?

@Sara: No, it's not wrong that you want wasted Barbie. I want one, too! I'd challenge you to a shot-drinking contest, but then I'd end up like wasted Barbie, only more pathetic.

@Beth C: Totally agree with you on the 2-liter champagne bottles. Then you could reseal them and save the bubbles.

Happy Purple New Year, everyone!

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

"If the store needs money so badly that they're charging 50 cents for ruined cupcakes--instead of discreetly getting rid of them, which any manager in his right mind would have told them to do--surely some good-natured employee (or baker?) could simply buy them and spare the store the embarrassment of offering them to the public (and risk losing even more business). " The store is Kroger, I recognize the discount label because I buy so much discounted stuff from them. It may not look like much in the smashed package, but I am sure that the cupcakes taste OK when rid of the over abundance of frosting.

We will be celebrating the New Year when it occurs in my husband's home country in Europe. We will have the typical sounds of the season via Internet and a lovely Champagne (the real stuff in an appropriately shaped bottle;-) That will be 6 pm. We may then retire - possibly set the clock for 11:45pm, but also possibly not.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

The elephant looks like it escaped from Winnie-the-Pooh's nightmare... and would someone please make me that tree hat? I'll call you Todd and wish you a merry Mavel Tov, in purple.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMs anthrope

A Year in Purple! YES!!! I've been waiting my whole life for that!

Sorry, lost my head there for a second.

The elephant-y thingy scares me a little. The 9:07 CCC (blech) may be a little more my style tonite.

Happy New Year everyone! Be safe!

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJodee in WA

A very Happy New Year to the CW Team and my fellow wreckies.....and thanks to all of you for making 2012 such a fun year filled with laughter. I can't wait for it all to begin again in 2013. Now I'm off to bake something in my Pan-Wow to eat before 9:05 pm. which is when the New Year arrives here...though since I'm in the midwest, I think it might arrive at 8:05 pm this year.....

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermel

I don't think Barbie is drunk. I think she is just break-dancing!

I am glad, however, that she remembered to wear underwear, since break-dancing in a skirt isn't too wise.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I want Drunken Barbie, too. She can come hang out with the Naked Ken in my toy chest.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

That Barbie split looks painful.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Saxon

"I'll call you Todd" hahahahaha!!!! (made me laugh out loud at my desk)

Thank you Jen and all at Cake Wrecks for doing what you do - you lift my spirits every day!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! and hope you have a fabulous 2013 with extra sprinkles!!

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFlower Girl

some champagnes never make it to glasses. my blind mother took a riding cart at wal marts friday. took out a champagne dusplay

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterseretha

So now we know what Barbie wears under neat that skirt. Which is disappointing, really, since I wanted sprinkles.
Happy New Year to all!
P.S. If you have enjoyed any of these posts, or got an additional laugh from any of these comments, thank Jen by going to her Charity page and making a donation. NOW. Or that elephant will haunt your dreams forever.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjackwire

I lived in CA for a few years and would toast as the 12 o'clock hour hit each time zone- with local apple cider (unfermented). I can't remember the last time I stayed up for the New Year to ring in, though. Funny enough, I may be up to around 12pm periodically but on N.Y.E. I'm often asleep by 11pm. The last time I went to a N.Y.E. party I was in junior high school (before some of you were born). Yeah, I'm a regular party animal.

The first cake made me think of a pea pod with fungus growing around the stem.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

Love the "call you Todd.".I don't know why it was so funny, but it was.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPenelope

#1 Champagne made from squash is where the (random, yellow) line(s) must be drawn.

#2 Pink Coke. At last, something makes New Coke seem like a good idea.

#3 Crack kills.

#4 There's a cake for that? Since the giver is delivering the message, I... have absolutely no idea where it might be safe to go with this. Hi, kids! Moving right along...

#5 Yes, 7-Up is bubbly. The point being...?

#6 The cupcakes raided the liquor department after hours and got smashed.

#7 Customer, on phone: "I'd like a cake that looks like a fur hat. Since I don't have any cu-cultlery, better make it out of cupcakes." Wreckerator, to self: "Fir hat? Whatever -- the customer is always right."

#8 It is best to phone in your cake order before going to the dentist, if at all possible.

#9 Looks like Barbie piped that border herself.

#11 "Ok, it's 9:07, the ball is ready to drop. Let's count up the seconds: 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30! Happy New..." (realization strikes) "What are you trying to pull, anyway?! The year doesn't start until 9:08!"

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Happy New Year everyone! And once again drunken Barbie is queen of the party lol. I suspect we are going to see her again next year too. Crazy. As for the first two "bottles" of champagne that so wasn't what I saw looking at those lol. And I am not even drunk :D.

January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

The black eyed pea in #4 reminds me of the guys in the Metro Trains railway safety ad, "Dumb Ways to Die":
Happy purple New Year, Mavel Tov to all :-)

January 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercolleenoz

Thank you, Jen and all the crew. Happy new year, no matter what hour (or which day) you read this.

January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKay

I love the drunk Barbie cake, in a 'it's so very wrong' way!

January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

My husband's name is Troy. My aunt has always called him Todd, at first because she thought that was his name and after that because she liked it better. When exoecting our first child, we found "Todd" in a name book and discovered it means Fox--which is out last name. I will now, in honor of my Aunt and my allegience to all things Wrecky, put on a tree hat and call my husband Todd. Now to find a tree hat....

January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShawnette

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